Eleanor is blindsided when she discovers that her husband James is having an affair with the seductive Kate. Nichols adopts an effective psychological device to amplify the characters of Eleanor and James – each character is accompanied by a double representing their inner thoughts.
Peter Nichols examines the intricacies of adultery and betrayal in Passion Play, a play which is known simply as Passion in the United States. It was first produced at the Aldwych Theatre, London by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1983, winning the Evening Standard’s Best Play Award, after which it transferred to Broadway. In 2013, a revival starring Zoe Wanamaker achieved great success on the West End.